Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive

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Great ideas for animators who are starting out or looking for their next job • Packed with information and insights • Perfect for film students and art students. Animation is a multibillion-dollar industry. Here’s an insider’s guide to getting into that industry, staying there, and getting ahead. Author David B. Levy has interviewed the top pros in animation, including Steven Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants; Al Brodax, producer of Yellow Submarine; Teddy Newton, character designer on The Incredibles;...

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Overview

Great ideas for animators who are starting out or looking for their next job • Packed with information and insights • Perfect for film students and art students. Animation is a multibillion-dollar industry. Here’s an insider’s guide to getting into that industry, staying there, and getting ahead. Author David B. Levy has interviewed the top pros in animation, including Steven Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants; Al Brodax, producer of Yellow Submarine; Teddy Newton, character designer on The Incredibles; Linda Simensky, senior director of PBS Kids; John R. Dilworth, creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog; and dozens of others to get their insights on creating a portfolio or reel, meeting animators, networking, and making the leap from working for others to pitching and selling. A resource section lists animation schools, film festivals, studios, Web sites, and publications to get budding animators off to an animated start.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581154450
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 594,196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Levy is an award-winning independent filmmaker and animation director for Blue’s Clues at Nickelodeon. His animation has been seen on HBO and on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and currently he is directing a new animated series for MTV. The president of the New York chapter of Association International du Film d’Animation, he lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 So you want to be in pictures? 1
2 Stretching and squashing into a job 13
3 Designing a career part I : the animation artists 31
4 Designing a career part II : writers, directors, and producers 57
5 How to get the most of long periods of employment 75
6 Choosing your battles on the job 89
7 Making on-the-job criticism your friend 99
8 I've got no strings : the life of an independent animation artist 107
9 Surviving unemployment 129
10 Networking : people who need people 147
11 All grown up and no place to go : starting your own business 161
12 The horror! : pitching and selling a pilot or series 175
13 Happy trails : parting thoughts and advice 207
App Animation industry resource list 217
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